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What is required to publish arts content digitally?

We know that rights can be one of the single biggest obstacle to sharing your work online.

That’s why The Space has been talking with rights holders, arts organisations and arts representatives including the Musicians’ Union, Equity and the Writers’ Guild about pulling together a new digital rights framework that everyone could work to.

As part of this work we have produced a digital rights toolkit and a range of other resources to try to make it easier for everyone approaching the subject. 

Below, you will find links to a number of resources including an introduction to what we mean by digital rights, things to think about when approaching a contract by digital rights expert Ben Green, top tips from leading producers in the field of stage-to-screen; and, a digital rights lexicon that defines the terms around digital rights to help artists and rights holders to know what’s being negotiated.

A beginners guide to digital rights

Digital rights expert Ben Green explains how the law is catching up with digital technology, and what arts organisations need to think about before embarking on publication of a digital project.

What do the terms mean? A lexicon for digital rights

This article outlines some common terminology and example definitions of different digital uses and rights.

Contracting for digital rights

Where are we now in terms of contracting for digital rights? Expert Ben Green outlines the current landscape and explains what you need to consider before creating a contract covering digital rights.

Practical tips from producers

How to take a project from the stage to the screen

Arts, film and TV producer Anne Beresford presents ten top tips for negotiating stage-to-screen projects.

Cinema distribution - could it work for you?

Cinema can extend and enhance the visibility and value of your brand and find new audiences for your work – and these can be hyper local, national or international. Distributing your work through local cinemas can also help your team develop new partnerships and skills.

Case studies


A spoken word, music and improvisation combo livestreamed their celebratory National Poetry Day performance from the Arnolfini in Bristol. Producer Liz Counsell explains how they needed to take a two-pronged attack when it came to rights for the live stream: the texts were one issue, the improvised music another!

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Windrush: Movement of the People toured the Uk and was then broadcast on the BBC in February 2019. Here, the company’s Executive Director, Mark Hollander, offers his advice on capturing and distributing arts related content.